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VANCOUVER, B.C – Canada Men’s National Team coach, John Herdman, caused quite a commotion over the weekend with his comments regarding Canada’s back-four and the tier he believes they are in. Whether you agree or disagree that Canada has a “Tier 3” back four, Herdman’s remarks on live television caught a lot of people off guard.

Whitecaps FC centre-back, and Canadian international Doneil Henry wasn’t surprised.

“No, not when you have a solid relationship with your coach,” Henry explained exclusively to Har Journalist. “I talked to John. Nothing to really comment on it. I understand what your guys job is, and I understand my role as a teammate, and building with the national team. There’s no divide within the team. As a unit we lost, and we underachieved.”

Off the pitch, it sends a poor message when your coach offers public criticism. Canada Soccer had a quick explanation, and clarification of Herdman’s words. A lot of supporters, and media, just aren’t tiertering on believing what’s being peddled.

Herdman’s view of tiers, according to Canada Soccer, are of the following.

Tier 1: England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy.

Tier 2: Belgium, Turkey, Mexico.

Tier 3: MLS, Brazil, Argentina, Japan.

The 26-year-old, Henry, was part of Canada’s back-four that was upset by Hati in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup. He is not about to be tier’d apart by outside noise.

“Comments on tier 1, 2, 3, 4, whatever is is… The coaching staff, players, we’re all on the same page,” Henry said. “We’re just going to look forward to the games in September.”

The former West Ham defender declined to discuss his phone call with Herdman.

“It’s between me and the coach. Like I said, there’s no divide. We’re all on the same page, We look forward to our games coming up in September.”

78th FIFA ranked Canada, will take on Cuba, and the United States in the Concacaf Nations League in September, October, and November. Canada’s home matches will take place at BMO Field in Toronto.

Henry is focused on turning a corner, and progressing with Canada.

“We think about the future, and we think about the nations league, qualifying, and the points system. We need to continue to gain points so our FIFA rank goes up. Especially in the group stages of Concacaf. We definitely understand what’s in front of us.” Henry added.

Canada has shown progress under the guidance of Herdman, with wins over, Cuba (7-0), Martinique (4-0), French Guiana (4-1), Saint Kitts and Nevis (1-0), Dominica (5-0), U.S. Virgin Islands (8-0), and New Zealand (1-0).

Canada’s losses have come at the hands of Mexico (3-1), and Hati (3-2).

“I think that we’ve done really well,” Henry explained. In nine games, we’ve had two losses. We’ve achieved and broken records with the national team so many times in the year, and all we can talk about is the negative stuff that happened.”

“We played Mexico who won the Gold Cup, and we had a loss where I thought we lost that game ourselves as a national team. I don’t think it had anything to do with style of play or the way we play our tier of players. We were so upset by how we let it go after being in total control. It’s a learning curve for everybody.”

At the club level, Henry is doubtful for Whitecaps FC’s next match on Saturday when Vancouver travels to Ohio to take on FC Cincinnati. Henry took a sharp knee to the back during Vancouver’s nil-nil draw against Minnesota Untied FC last weekend.

The Brampton, Ontario native, has been jogging, and running laps during training this week, but he hasn’t trained with his teammates. Henry visited a doctor on Tuesday. His road to recovery, and return to play are unknown at this time.

“I got a super knee to the back,” Henry explained. “Everything just went. I don’t know exactly what it is, but my back is really stiff. (I’m) just taking it day-by-day, hopefully I feel better, and I can get back out there.”

There is no need to get tiery-eyed, Canada Soccer, and Doneil Henry have moved on from an unfortunate slip of words. Canada has a bright, and promising future ahead, and it starts with the Concacaf Nations League.




VANCOUVER, B.C – The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup begins on Friday, June 7. Fans from around the world will be tuning in for a month of fantastic women’s football. Twenty-four teams will compete in France, for a chance to hoist the World Cup on July 7, in Lyon.

Canada will take on Group E opponents, Cameroon, New Zealand, and the Netherlands in Montpellier (June 10), Grenoble (June 15), Reims (June 20). There will be a sense of familiarity for no.5 ranked Canada, who also faced New Zealand and the Netherlands when Canada hosted the 2015 World Cup. Canada earned a draw vs both countries.

Just like fans across the country, Vancouver Whitecaps FC players will be cheering on Canada. Many Whitecaps FC players know the Canada’s women’s national team, and have met, trained, and been in the same environment representing Canada.

While on an MLS Gold Cup break, several Whitecaps FC players shared their thoughts on Canada’s chances at the World Cup, and the brilliance that is, Christine Sinclair.

“Yeah, I support them,” Doneil Henry explained to Har Journalist. “I love our women’s national team. Jordyn Huitema, just signed at PSG, and (Janine) Beckie at Man City. We have some really talented women on the national team. I’m excited to see them continue to go far. Knowing that John (Herdman) has a lot of history with the women’s side, and the respect that he has for them. I just wish them the best. I just know that they’ll do us all proud.”

“They’re a great team,” Russell Teibert said. “From what I know, from Canada Soccer, they’re going to be a hard working team. They’re going to do everything possible to keep Canada at the top of women’s soccer. We’re familiar with the team, because John (Herdman) was the women’s national team coach. I think we’re all together as a family in Canada Soccer.”

“They’ll get out of it (Group E) for sure,” Max Crepeau predicted. “No pressure on the women’s team, but they’re really really good, honestly. In the last few years, they’ve been dominate, I’m pretty confident that we’ll get out of the group. I hope they go to the semis, but one game, at a time.”

“I’ve been in the Whitecaps program since I was fifteen ” Theo Bair revealed. “I made some friends at school along the way. Elite Girls players, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema, and Jayde Riviere. All three, really good players, promising players for Canada, and my good friends. I’ve seen all of them work, not only on the field, but off the field. They’re great athletes, people, great students, and I think that applies both ways.”

Christine Sinclair is arguably the greatest professional football player Canada has ever had. As she closes in on U.S. Soccer great, Abby Wambach’s, all-time goal-scoring record of 184 goals. Whitecaps FC players can’t wait to see Sinclair make history and set the record. It’s quite likely that Sinclair won’t remain on her 181 goal total for very long.

“Sincy’s been doing it forever,” Henry said. “Since I was a young one with Toronto, I’ve been seeing her score goals, everywhere, at every stage. I can’t wait for her to beat it, because she’s definitely going to do it.”

“I just think she’s the best Canadian soccer player,” Derek Cornelius added. “She carries herself very well. She’s a good role model for a lot of the ladies coming up. She just leads our country in the right way, and of course she’s a great soccer player.”

“I think it’s going to happen,” Brett Levis said with confidence. “I think it would be huge for soccer players all over Canada, for us to hold a record like that. It’s pretty unbelievable.”

“The killer instinct,” Crepeau said of Sinclair. “You have half a chance and you create a goal out of it. This is why she’s on top of the list for sure.”

As we witnessed four years ago, Canada’s women’s national team has the ability to capture the entire country from coast to coast. Canada is in with a real shout to make some damage at the World Cup. Twenty-three players will represent the red and white in France. Whitecaps FC players will be among the biggest supporters of the women’s team.

“We love our women’s national team,” Henry beamed. “While the men were in a slump for a very long time, the women have held the country really proud. The women are great. They’re tenacious. I think we’re definitely one of the few nations on the women’s side who can definitely win it.”

“Absolutely, I’ll follow,” Teibert said. “I’m a big supporter of Canada Soccer. I was a big supporter of the women’s team when they were here. I really enjoyed going to watch the games at B.C. Place.”

“I’m excited, I think it’s a very exciting team,” Levis explained. “I know they have a lot of young players. They’ve got some Whitecaps REX Girls players, hopefully they get their opportunity. It’s always fun to see the country rally around when the World Cup comes around. I’m just excited to watch.”

“As long as they played united,” Bair explained. “They’re a very strong group. I’ll tune in when I can, as long as I don’t have training. I’ll try to watch them because I want to support them.”

The football world, isn’t all that big. When Canada is on the biggest stage, they can know that there will be support in all corners of the country. Whitecaps FC players want to see them do well and succeed. Canada Soccer is one big family.






VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for Whitecaps FC player reaction on Canada Soccer’s hiring of John Herdman for the men’s national soccer team.


VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my feature on Whitecaps FC centre-back, Doneil Henry.